Boston Celtics defeat Indiana Pacers, 122-103

It’s a classic Catch-22.

On the one hand, Celtics coach Doc Rivers feels he has to reestablish Paul Pierce as the go-to guy as his team builds toward the playoffs. On the other, in order to get Ray Allen going — and for the offense to run smoothly as a whole — the ball has to move.

To a degree, the two agendas are at odds with each other, and the results are frustrating opposites.

One night, the entire game flows through Pierce, as it did against Charlotte March 3. H...

He couldn’t hide how much it bothered him. The boos rained down late in the first quarter of the Celtics’ blowout loss to Memphis Wednesday, the fans left early, and Paul Pierce took the sights and sounds home with him.

Two days old, they were still echoing in his mind.

“Nobody wants to be booed at home by the home crowd,’’ he said. “That really sat with me that night ,to be honest, and I think it sat with everybody.’’

Before they crushed the Indiana Pacers, 122-1...

At this point, saying you don’t know which Celtics team will show up to the Garden would be stating the obvious. They had just been blown off their home court by a young and playoff-starved Grizzlies team on Wednesday and in turn they responded last night by dealing a 122-103 beating to the Indiana Pacers, a team that was already planning for this summer when they’d have their first lottery pick since 1988.

When the shots fall, as Celtics coach Doc Rivers explained, de...